The Pioneer Federation Achievement for All, Learning Together, Learning for Life

The Pioneer Federation started life as a partnership arrangement between East Hoathly CE Primary and Chiddingly Primary in June of 2014. As a result of the tremendous success of the partnership and the rapid transformation at East Hoathly and Chiddingly, the soft partnership developed to a federation in November 2015.

Whilst preserving each schools unique characters, we all work closely together to drive the development of provision across the two schools and hopefully plan to extend to involve other schools in the future.

We are currently consulting on establishing a formal federation across three schools, to include Chiddingly, East Hoathly and St Mary the Virgin Church of England Primary School. This consultation will be open for six weeks from 5 February 2018 until the 23 March 2018 and you can find further information in our consultation letter.

Our shared vision and set of values that underpin all that we do, have a central focus on creative, innovative and engaging teaching that develops a love and interest in learning. Our vision is for our children to value learning as a creative endeavour that underpins their aspirations for great futures and to ensure that we are all focused on seeing opportunities and believing that anything is possible. We craft meaningful contexts for learning and tasks that develop key skills for independence, confidence and resilience, which actively engage children.

At the Pioneer Federation, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children and we expect all staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.

To explore further, click on any of the links above or read our PDF Logo Pioneer 5-Year Vision.

Mandy Watson is the Pioneer Chair of Governors. If you would like to contact her, her email address is

East Hoathly Staff
Chiddingly Staff